So my aunt Sandy gave me some inspiration and we decided to paint the bricks and see if we could warm up the room. My cousin Julia helped me out a couple days and we made fun while doing it. But it was a lot of work - about 3 full days of painting, but it was all worth it because the end result is just fabulous!
We painted the grout one color, and then used 3 other brown shades for the bricks. No pattern - just completely random, but I like it that way.
I forgot to take pictures before we started, but the right side is close to what it looked like before - we had already painted the grout in this picture, but you can get an idea of how blah it was.
This is ALMOST what it looked like finished - we still had to finish the edges on a bunch of the bricks, but you get the idea - isn't it SOOOO much better!
I just love it and it warms the room up so much - what a cheap makeover! And it makes me even happier b/c it Grandma loves it and it makes her happy.
Now, what project should I start next...